Thursday, May 31, 2012

Daily Pump Trap: 5/31/12 edition

Good morning! Uh, how's it going? Between May 29 and May 30, there were 12 new positions posted on the ACS Careers website. Of these, 7 (58%) are academically connected and 3 (25%) are from Kelly Scientific Resources.

Not much: There's not very much being put out here, with 2 whole positions in the last two days. One of them is not really a position, but...

Not sure what this is: But it sure isn't a job ad:
Custom Synthesis Labs and Academics Interested in Collaborations. We are looking for chemical labs that do custom syntheses and academics interested in increasing their research budgets by doing custom synthesis. See our website: www.medicalisotopes.com to see compounds we are synthesizing. If interested in doing custom syntheses for us, please send us an e-mail at customsynthesis@medicalisotopes.com. Also, describe your field of expertise so we can find projects that are relevant to your field.
The addresses lead to a company called Medical Isotopes, Incorporated. Small company in New Hampshire -- interesting.

Open positions at Pfizer?: We seem to be hitting a lull, so I'm going to randomly look at large pharma and chemical company sites. For the search term "chemist", Pfizer has 3 positions available, 2 R4s (i.e. "senior scientists") and a R5/R6 ("principal scientist"). 2 of these were posted May 15, one posted late March.

Rolla, MO: Our one real job ad of the last two days! It's for a B.S. chemist (with a MBA) to be a technology strategist at Brewer Science, a stalwart of ACS Careers:
Summary: Sets the technological goals/objectives of the business unit and works with the functional area managers to achieve these goals. 
Outcomes: • Brewer Science technology and market leader for every new technology that is brought through the BPD • A clear and concise set of product technology requirements that support the overall corporate goals • Achieve the business unit's objectives by working through the functional area managers 
Specific Responsibilities: • Represents the business unit at customers, suppliers, industry forums and internally • Serve as a technical interface between customers and industry groups and the Business Unit to align development and technical support efforts with their needs and industry trends. • Present pipeline technologies and products to customers through on-site visits and participation at shows and conferences. • Together with division staff, prepare technical presentations and publications. • Develop and manage the intellectual property plan for the Business and supporting R&D division(s). Identify areas for patent protection and work with R&D staff and IA/Legal Groups to ensure timely, comprehensive patent protection of new inventions and future technologies. • Works with functional areas to create area specific objectives, strategies and tactics to achieve the overall business unit technology objectives • Analyzes market information to select specific business and technological targets to achieve the overall business unit objectives • Reviews external documentation to meet the business unit’s goals. • Help drive product/process development by working through the functional area managers.
I'm tempted to offer a cash prize to whomever can translate this stuff.

A broader look: Monster, Careerbuilder, Indeed and USAjobs.gov show (respectively) 290, 807, 3134 and 33 positions for the search term "chemist."

5 comments:

  1. Looks like the penultimate job wants superman!

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  2. “Chemjobber OA friend” here. Since CJ and CJ’s readers were instrumental in my deciding to go for a MBA, the least I can do is translate a little business-ese:

    Summary: Sets the technological goals/objectives of the business unit and works with the functional area managers to achieve these goals.

    Translation: This person is responsible for determining which technical projects get to keep going or get to start. They are probably the same person that kills technical projects. Functional area managers probably include:
    - R&D (the lovely chemists who do the projects)
    -Tech (those who make & control the computer systems of the company)
    -Finance (who estimate the money the projects might make)
    - Marketing (who know the consumers and how to best get products to make money)
    -Operations (who manufacture the product)
    -HR (who handle the people above)
    -Regulatory (make sure the company meets regulations set by countries within their markets)
    -Legal (make sure the company protects its interests through IP and doesn’t do anything illegal)

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  3. "Chemjobber OA friend" again. Can't publish more than 4000 characters..

    Outcomes: • Brewer Science technology and market leader for every new technology that is brought through the BPD • A clear and concise set of product technology requirements that support the overall corporate goals • Achieve the business unit's objectives by working through the functional area managers

    Translation:
    -Brewer Science wants to make more money at what they do then any of their competitors. They would like to do this for every product they carry. (Bit lofty?)
    -Be able to present the technology in a way that the business leaders and consumers can understand.
    -Work with all functional area managers (described above) to make the segment of the company which employees the applicant a lot of money.

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  4. "Chemjobber OA friend" continued...

    Specific Responsibilities: • Represents the business unit at customers, suppliers, industry forums and internally • Serve as a technical interface between customers and industry groups and the Business Unit to align development and technical support efforts with their needs and industry trends. • Present pipeline technologies and products to customers through on-site visits and participation at shows and conferences. • Together with division staff, prepare technical presentations and publications. • Develop and manage the intellectual property plan for the Business and supporting R&D division(s). Identify areas for patent protection and work with R&D staff and IA/Legal Groups to ensure timely, comprehensive patent protection of new inventions and future technologies. • Works with functional areas to create area specific objectives, strategies and tactics to achieve the overall business unit technology objectives • Analyzes market information to select specific business and technological targets to achieve the overall business unit objectives • Reviews external documentation to meet the business unit’s goals. • Help drive product/process development by working through the functional area managers.

    -Be the person who talks to the consumers, suppliers, symposia, conventions, and to each other. This person has to be good at external relations… That is they must make sure that they do not do things which would inadvertently harm the company’s brand image. A brand image is whether people feel like smiling or shuddering when they hear the company’s name.

    -Figure out what the consumers want and tell R&D. Figure out what industry is doing to set strategies accordingly and communicate to business leaders.

    -Sell the products at conferences. Listen to potential consumers wants and desires.

    -Identify if the company is missing the boat on key areas of technology. Figure out if they company could file patents in these new areas of the industry.

    -Work with R&D and legal to make sure that they do not miss the consumer applicability in their new inventions. For example, if they could tweak an invention to make it applicable to a wider market, they would want to patent this tweaked technology.

    -Work with the functional areas (described above) to make sure the company progresses products to the market. Make sure these products are in the right tier… That is if consumers need high tech products, make sure you get some high tech products from R&D.

    -Analyzes market info: This means that they will know everything about the market in which they sell their products. They will know what types of consumers are buying their products. They will know what types of consumers are buying products of their competitors and how the competitor’s products differ from their own. They will need to know what sort of hurdles will come with selling their stuff in certain geographies. They will figure out how to get the business ($$$) and the technology (R&D) to work together to get great new products to consumers which will sell and bring money to the company.

    -Reviews external documentation: this could be anything from the external financial statements of competitors to regulatory issues to just about anything applicable to selling these products.

    -Helps drive the product/process: Gets everyone to play nice with one another to get the product to market quickly..

    The minimum qualifications describe a BS/MBA with an emphasis on marketing. Marketing focuses on 4P’s: Product, Promotion (ads they use, etc), Price, and Place (where they sell it).

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  5. It is a combined midmanagement/PR role - an expendable fall guy with some degree of technical expertise who is to take the responsibility for research direction from the shoulders of top management (and prepares their slides) while schmoozing and hyping the company to the potential customers

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